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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Singapore Lamb Curry with Stir-Fried Noodles





Before you read today’s post, please take a look at the New York Times
Dining and Wine section published yesterday. It will give you some idea of what Monte’s Ham is all about.  And don’t forget our Friends and Family discount which will automatically take 10 percent off your total order. Just enter promotional code FNF10.  But hurry, Christmas is 16 days away!
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/08/dining/08charity.html?ref=dining




        I remember a friend telling me that once she gave her husband a Wok for Christmas, it was pretty much Wok-around-the-clock from that point on. As I remember, he was one of the first men I knew who’d taken over the kitchen and cooked almost everything his family of 5 ate.  Since he worked full time, I am sure he was as time-pressured as the rest of us and the Wok must have been a gift from heaven via his wife.  Stir-fries really can save the day.  Aside from much chopping, slicing, dicing and peeling, no cooking technique is as quick to yield delicious meals in very little time.  In fact, you have to really organize your ingredients since they are used at lightning quick speeds.  And what I really like is that you don’t need a wok to make these dishes.  Any large skillet can work on a stir fry.  And this particular recipe really gives you a curry in a hurry, a one-dish wonder that we paired with some kale.  Next time, we’ll likely go with spinach as the kale was not a success around our table.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Honey Glazed Salmon with Sesame Green Beans



Mary Woltz of Bee's Needs in Sag Harbor NY
The East End of Long Island of Long Island is full of people doing wonderful things with food.  Among them is one my favorite people, Mary Woltz.  The North Carolina native has single-handedly invented “Bee’s Needs”, a source of wonderful honeys.  That’s right plural.  Because Mary’s ‘girls’, as she likes to call them, create quite different honeys depending on what’s in bloom in our little patch of paradise. 
Mary's table at the Sag Harbor Farmer's Market
There are three distinct tastes created in Mary’s Early, Mid and Late Season honeys.  She manages 100 colonies all on her own—with a little help from her Painter husband, Rob, at least at the Farmer’s Market.  She’s set up what may be the first Community Supported Apiculture program in the country.  In this program, members buy a “share” for $100.00 and for that we receive 12 jars of Mary’s honey, a tour of the hives and a wonderful newsletter.  What this means is that we have a wonderful supply of local honey that lasts a year.  I am always on the lookout for great recipes using honey—because we have so much and it is so good. 
If you want to know more about Mary, here’s a video where she talks about her girls and her bee-keeping.  Did you know that bees have a part in one in three bites of food?  Follow this link and you will learn more from Mary…http://thepeoplewhofeedus.com/?p=152